Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Vancouver, BC – October 4, 2017: Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX: AAR.UN) (the “Trust”) announced today the following completed transactions:
 
  • $135.7 million previously announced acquisitions in Mississauga, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec; 
  • $24.0 million previously announced acquisition in Pickering, Ontario; 
  • $32.6 million previously announced acquisition in Richmond, British Columbia; and a
  • $150 million new unsecured term loan.
MISSISSAUGA AND MONTREAL ACQUISITIONS
 
The Trust announced today that it has closed $135.7 million of previously announced acquisitions comprising four assets totaling 463,623 square feet (“SF”) and representing a weighted average going-in capitalization rate of approximately 5.3%.
 
Key highlights of the acquisitions include:
 
  • Premier locations: Two of the assets, representing 72% of the net operating income (“NOI”) are located in Mississauga, Ontario, one of the Greater Toronto Area’s (“GTA”) strongest industrial markets due in large part to its superior transportation advantages.   These sites have excellent access to 400-series highways, Pearson International Airport, major rail intermodals and public transit.  The other two assets, representing 28% of NOI, are located in Montreal with close proximity to Trudeau International Airport, rail intermodals and major highways.
  • Long-term leases and strong tenant covenant: The assets were part of a sale-leaseback transaction with TFI International (“TFI”), a Canadian-based leader in the transportation and logistics industry, operating across the United States, Canada and Mexico through its subsidiaries.  TFI has entered into long-term leases at all properties, with a weighted average lease term of 13.2 years.
  • Accretive to AFFOPU: Applying proceeds from the bought deal equity financing that closed on August 3rd, 2017, the acquisition will be immediately accretive to the Trust’s adjusted funds from operations per unit or “AFFOPU”. 
 


Mississauga and Montreal Acquisition locations

5425 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario

The Mississauga and Montreal Acquisitions closed in September 2017 and were funded with existing cash on hand and with net proceeds from the Unsecured Term Loan disclosed herein. The remaining two assets previously disclosed in the July 2017 announcement remain conditional.
 
GTA EAST ACQUISITION
 
On August 30, 2017 the Trust completed the previously announced acquisition of a 190,000 SF industrial asset and an adjacent 4.5 acre parcel of land located at 1865 & 1875 Clements Rd., Pickering, Ontario (the “GTA East Acquisition”) for a purchase price of $24.0 million, representing a going-in capitalization rate of 5.3% and a price per SF of $118 for the income-producing asset. The GTA East Acquisition was financed with existing cash on hand.
 

1865 Clements Rd., Pickering, Ontario

RICHMOND ACQUISITION
 
On September 7, 2017, the Trust closed the previously announced acquisition of a 268,000 SF distribution facility located at 16108 Blundell Road in Richmond, British Columbia (the “Richmond Acquisition”) for a purchase price of $32.6 million, representing a going-in capitalization rate of 5.9% (inclusive of rental payments related to a 49-year ground lease with the Vancouver Port Authority) and a price per SF of $122. The Richmond Acquisition was financed with existing cash on hand. 
 

16108 Blundell Road, Richmond, BC

UNSECURED TERM LOAN
 
On September 29, 2017, the Trust entered into a $150 million unsecured term loan facility and drew $125 million at closing and has the option to draw the remaining $25 million within six months (the “Unsecured Term Loan”). The Unsecured Term Loan matures on February 28, 2023 and bears interest at investment grade levels. 
 
IMPACT OF THE TRANSACTIONS
 
Following the acquisitions and the disposition described herein, the Trust expects the following changes to the Trust’s top 10 tenants as a percentage of total revenue:

 
"Pre Transactions" figures represent the Trust’s portfolio as at Q2 2017 including subsequent events as disclosed in the Trust’s 2017 Q2 Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis dated on Aug 9, 2017, the Richmond Acquisition as outlined in the news release dated June 15, 2017, the transactions outlined in the news release dated August 21, 2017, and excludes assets held for sale.
 
Following these transactions, the Trust will have completed or announced year-to-date acquisitions of approximately $682 million and year-to-date asset dispositions of approximately $159 million. Pro-forma these transactions, the Trust will have estimated liquidity of approximately $230 million consisting of cash and available lines.
 
Kevan Gorrie, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to close the transactions noted above.  The properties represent exceptional location and scale in key Canadian markets, and they are leased to leading transportation and logistics providers on long-term leases, which will provide further stability and growth to our cash flow and increase our concentration in Toronto and Vancouver, two of our primary target markets.  Furthermore, the new unsecured facility announced today, on favourable terms in line with investment grade pricing, will provide additional liquidity for future strategic acquisitions and development.”
 

ABOUT PURE INDUSTRIAL REAL ESTATE TRUST

The Trust is an unincorporated, open-ended investment trust that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of income-producing industrial properties in leading markets across Canada and key distribution and logistics markets in the United States. The Trust is an internally managed REIT and is one of the largest publicly-traded REITs in Canada that offers investors exposure to industrial real estate assets in Canada and the United States.
 
Additional information about the Trust is available at www.piret.ca or www.sedar.com.
 
For more information please contact:
Sylvia Slaughter,
Director, Investor Relations
(416) 479-8590 Ext 267
 
Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust
Suite 910, 925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 3L2
Phone: (888) 681-5959
 
Toronto Stock Exchange – AAR.UN 
 
Non-GAAP Measures:
 
The Trust prepares and releases unaudited quarterly and audited consolidated annual financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS (GAAP). The Trust may disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures, including AFFOPU and capitalization rate. The non-GAAP measures are further defined and discussed in the MD&A dated August 9, 2017, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, which should be read in conjunction with this release. Since AFFOPU and capitalization rate are not determined by IFRS, such measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other issuers. The Trust has presented such non-GAAP measures as management believes these measures are a relevant measure of the ability of the Trust to earn and distribute cash returns to Unitholders and to evaluate the Trust’s performance.  These non-GAAP measures should not be construed as alternatives to net income (loss) or cash flow from operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of the Trust’s performance. Please refer to “Additional IFRS Measures and Non-IFRS Measures” in the Trust’s MD&A.
 
Forward-Looking Information:
 
Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "should", and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements in this news release include the following: i) pro-forma the announced transactions, the Trust will have estimated liquidity of approximately $230 million comprising of cash and available lines.
 
Although the Trust believes that the expectations and assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because the Trust can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, competitive factors in the industries in which the Trust operates, prevailing economic conditions, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Trust.
 
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent the Trust’s expectations as of the date hereof, and are subject to change after such date. The Trust disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations. 
 
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